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Angels sign Utah 1B and first round pick C.J. Cron

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Deal is for $1.467M which is MLB's recommended bonus for the 17th overall pick. (via Baseball America)

2011 MLB Draft: Picks List Updated to Include Last 20 Rounds

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Here is a list of Mountain West Schools in order of number of players picked: Fresno St. - 10 players taken - Highest Pick: 8th Round (SS Danny Muno) TCU - 8 players taken - Highest Pick: 3rd Round (LHP Matt Purke) Utah - 2 players taken - Highest Pick: 1st Round (1B C.J. Cron) UNLV - 2 players taken - Highest Pick: 16th Round (RHP Tanner Peters) BYU - 2 players taken - Highest Pick: 29th Round (RHP Matthew Neil) SDSU - 1 player taken - Highest Pick: 6th Round (OF Brandon Meredith) Nevada - 1 player taken - Highest Pick: 33rd Round (OF Brock Stassi) Link above takes you to the post down the page. Anyone I missed let me know in the comments.

2011 MLB Draft: TCU Left Handed Pitcher Matt Purke Selected 96th Overall (3rd Round) by the Washington Nationals

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MLB.com's take on Purke: When healthy, Purke is one of the most complete pitchers in the Draft class. Taken in high school in the first round of the 2009 Draft, Purke didn't sign with the Rangers and went on to TCU instead. After a stellar freshman year, he entered 2011 as one of the top college arms as a Draft-eligible sophomore. He throws his fastball comfortably in the 90-95 mph range and can even touch 96 mph. He has a plus curve that has the potential to be even better and a slider that has the chance to be plus as well. His changeup is fringe average, giving him four pitches that he will mix and use to work hitters and keep them off balance. Purke is very confident on the mound and can be best described as a finesse lefty with plus arm strength and power. He was, however, shut down with shoulder bursitis this spring, leaving his status very much up in the air. Considered to be a tough sign even before the injury, it remains to be seen who will take the chance on his arm and his signability in June. They also have an advanced scouting report here

2011 MLB Draft: TCU Commit and Brother of C.J. Cron Kevin Cron Selected 92nd Overall (3rd Round) by the Seattle Mariners

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Kevin is listed as a 1B. He may still end up at TCU and will be a tough sign for the Mariners.

2011 MLB Draft: Utah First Baseman C.J. Cron Selected 17th Overall by the Los Angeles Angels

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Links to experts' analysis will be updated here as they come in UPDATE: SBnation's own John Sickels weighs in on the Cron pick UPDATE: Baseball America's take: Power numbers are way down in college baseball this year because of less-potent bats, but don't tell that to Cron, who hit .444/.522/.829 with 15 home runs in 187 regular-season at-bats for Utah. His father Chris played in the big leagues and has managed in the minor leagues since 1995, so C.J. has grown up around the game. He has come through the amateur ranks as a catcher, but he's just serviceable behind the plate and has not played there this season because of an injury to his throwing shoulder and his days as a catcher may be over. He doesn't move well at first base and is a bottom-of-the-scale runner, but that's all right because he's the best all-around hitter in the country and should have no problem producing the numbers teams expect from a first baseman. Cron has the unique combination of pure hitting ability and power. He projects to be an above-average hitter and has legitimate 80 raw power on the 20-80 scale that translates into at least above-average usable power. He has great hand-eye coordination and the strength in his hands to drive good pitches for singles and doubles. He uses a good approach at the plate and makes adjustments well, so he should move quickly through a team's system. UPDATE: Marc Hulet from Fangraphs.com: Cron has perhaps the best power in the entire draft and could even hit for average. Unfortunately, he's a bat-only player and doesn't field or run well. ... Despite spending time behind the plate in college, he'll move to first base in pro ball. His brother Kevin Cron is draft eligible as a high school senior and could get popped in the first five rounds if teams think he's signable. UPDATE: MLB.com's take: There's no question the University of Utah slugger understands the game, with a father managing in the Detroit Tigers system, a cousin in Chad Moeller, the former big league catcher, and even a younger brother who's a high school prospect committed to TCU. There's also no question Cron can flat-out hit the baseball. He should hit for average and power, with the ability to hit with authority to all fields. He doesn't have plus bat speed, but with terrific plate discipline and a natural feel for hitting, he's going to be a productive offensive player. He's caught and played first base at Utah, and nearly everyone thinks he'll be playing that infield corner as a professional. He's not one who has to catch to have value. His bat will be just fine at first and should be more than enough to get him off the board fairly early. They also have an advanced scouting report here.

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